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1.375 tonnes of gutkha, Rs 9.77 lakh seized
City police on Sunday arrested four men smuggling gutkha and seized 1.375 tonnes banned tobacco products, the vehicles and Rs 9.77 lakh in cash in Ayanaravam and Tambaram.
Ayanavaram police secured three men – P Selvaraj (58), K Palaniswami (60) and S Lakshmana Perumal (51) – during a vehicle check on Saturday evening. A search in their truck led to the seizure of 675 kg gutkha products. The contraband along with the truck were seized and all three were remanded.
Similarly, Tambaram police arrested 38-year-old L Mahendran of Manimangalam and based on his confession, they seized 700 kg gutkha products from a godown in Poonamallee. A car and a two-wheeler were also seized from him.
Meanwhile, the election flying squad on Sunday seized Rs 3.10 lakh unaccounted cash in Kancheepuram. It was sent to government treasury.